Visited May 2019
I needed to travel to Milton Keynes for a family gathering but managed to sneak in a visit to Vertigo VR which is located next to the Central shopping centre.
Arriving early, I had a good look at the building which was quite substantial, the VR centre seemed to occupying the entire upper floor.
Soon enough the doors opened, as the first visitor I had the place to myself so had a good look at the artwork across the walls.
Heading upstairs I found the staff behind a bar, and bought some tickets to try out the solo experiences.
I started with a funfair ride simulator hosted on a standing motion platform and using Rift CV1. The ride was a platform on a long arm lifting me about 100 feet into the air before swinging back down, above a carpark.
This was brutual with the simulator almost flooring my legs everytime the ride swung around, I managed to hang on (for life!) until thankfully it ended. Probably not one to try again…
The second experience was slightly more tame, taking place inside what looked like a space pod from the 1970’s. The experience itself involved rapid flight with lots of banking and turning around big buildings in a city.
I enjoyed this much more than the funfair simulator, and had a long session until a family member arrived, thankfully they agreed to try VR for the first time so we booked a multiplayer session in the HTC Vive booths at the rear of the venue.
We had a great session across several games ending with cooperative mode Arizona Sunshine – the first time I’d tried it, it was awesome protecting each others backs as the zombie horse advanced.
Soon enough, our time finished; thanking the staff we walked away talking about their first experience of VR (basically a wow!)
Thanks for reading! Rob Cole, immersivecomputing